Monday, May 1, 2017

5-1-2017 - Review - Parade (2007)

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 

The characters of Alice in Wonderland are having a Parade!

All players are producers of this parade. Characters from Lewis Carroll's books such as Alice, The White Rabbit, and The Mad Hatter are steadily invited to join this weird procession.

On your turn, you play a card (from your hand of five) to the end of the parade. Unfortunately, that card might cause other cards to walk off the parade. These cards count as negative points in the end.

The length of parade line is important. If the number of the card you just played is less than the line length, you may receive the excess cards (counting from last played to the first of the line). But you do not take all cards, only the cards that meet one of these requirements:

1. color is the same as just played, or
2. number is the same or lower than just played
The game ends when the draw deck is exhausted or when one player has collected all six colors in their point piles. Then everyone plays one last card. From the four cards remaining in their hand, players choose two cards to add to his or her point piles. The player who has the least negative points after this is the winner.

Normally, negative points are same the number on the card. But if you have the most cards in a certain color, each of your cards of that color counts only 1 negative point!
Thus, play your cards well!

'Me and Tyler sat down and the first thing i noticed was the art, the art is great on this game. We set our cards into the parade and as well as you try to plan, sometimes you just have to take cards. It was really close back and forth. The blind draw at the end throws the planning off a bit, but in the end i was able to be victorious 33-22 (Lower score wins). I can not really give this game justice in this play area, so travel down to my rating.


Board Game Geek Rating - 6.9

"This game is fun even with 2 players and is probably great with 3 or 4. There is a lot of tactical planning for such a simple game of laying cards. You have to watch the number and the character on the card and what else is in the line. You also have to decide if you have already accumulated too many of a character and if it would be best to try to collect a few more to make sure that you have the majority of that card. You also have to think about what cards you have at the end of the game because your going to have to take two of them in a blind draw. Great great game, i would play this over and over and not get tired of it."

"The interesting thing in this game for me is the blind draw at the end of the game. You can only plan so much for that and it makes for an interesting twist at the end of the game."

*This is the highest rating Tyler has ever given for a game he has lost.

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